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THE CALENDAR  • CALENDAR DIRECTORYEXHIBITIONS

June 4-10 • June 11-17 June 18-24June 25-July1

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FRIDAY

SATURDAY

4

 

MUSIC


Barrington Stage • concert by Carole Bufford, “You Don’t Own Me: The Fearless Females of the 1960s” — music made famous by Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Car55ol King and others • 8 pm • at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, MA • tickets ($35/$30) at www.barringtonstageco.org or 413-236-8888

 

Caffè Lena • Ellis Paul — touching and tender stories that meld soaring pop melodies with lyrics that carry the storytelling tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger into today’s world • 7 pm • $24/$22 or $12 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Helsinki Hudson •
Triage, playing mostly original music, with smatterings of free jazz greats, such as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, etc. • 8 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets ($10) at helsinkihudson.com

 

Fort Salem • Deborah Young-Weiler in Concert. Back by popular demand, Young-Weiler (university instructor, symphony soloist and honky-tonk virtuoso) returns. Concert promises an eclectic program on the Fort’s Mainstage Steinway • 2 pm • reservations ($20) at 518-854-9200

 

Music from Salem • concert by participants and faculty from the weeklong Music from Salem viola & violin Seminar. Selections include sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven, Nardini, Hindemith, Fine, Bach, and both old, and contemporary chamber music • 4 pm • Hubbard Hall • Admission: Pay what you wish, so everyone can attend ($15 suggested contribution) • advance tickets at www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495

 

Skidmore • Concert by Golfstrom Quartet: Performing Jewish music from around the world, Golfstrom plays old and new, devotional and secular folk songs, lullabies, ballads and standards. • 3:30 pm • Wilson Chapel • suggested donation $10 • For more info and to RSVP call 518-584-8730 x2, or email office@saratogasinai.org

 

DANCE

 

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center • LaneCoArts • 2:30 pm • 120 Broadway Tivoli, NY • $10 • info and reservations, 845-757-5106 x2

 

THEATER

 

WAM Theatre • continuation of the series of Fresh Takes staged readings: today, “The Droll.” Through the lens of 17th Century Puritan England, the play explores artists living lives of creativity when doing so was a crime • 3:30 pm • in the gallery space at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, MA • tickets ($20) and info at www.WAMTheatre.com



Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” (runs Tues-Sun, May 18-June 10) • 3 pm

Images • film “The Lovers” (runs through June 8) — a funny look at love, fidelity, and family • today’s time, 3 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

FILM

 

Images • film “Obit.” (runs through June 8) — an inside look at the New York Times’ obituary section and how the focus of the writers is less on the circumstances of a person’s death than it is on that person’s life • today’s time, 5:30 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

Mahaiwe • BIFF presents four events today:
• Kid Flix, 9:30 am
• documentary “The Paris Opera” which goes behind the scenes of the Paris Opera, following the array of personnel who work to bring breathtaking spectacle to audiences night after night, 11 am

 

MISC.


• TEA TALK: All the President’s Men and conversation with Paul Krugman, 2 pm
• Closing Night Presentation: Lucky, 7 pm
Details at www.mahaiwe.org

 

National Bottle Museum • Saratoga Show 2017: Antique Bottle Show & Sale • 9 am-2:30 pm • Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa, NY • admission adult,, $4 and children under 12, $1 • For info contact Roy Topka 518-779-1243 rmt556@yahoo.com

 

 

 

5

 

MUSIC


Barrington Stage • concert by Eric Yves Garcia, “Keeper of the Keys” — Classic cabaret at its best! • 8 pm • at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, MA • tickets ($35/$30) at www.barringtonstageco.org or 413-236-8888

 

FILM


Images • film “Obit.” (runs through June 8) — an inside look at the New York Times’ obituary section and how the focus of the writers is less on the circumstances of a person’s death than it is on that person’s life • today’s times, 3 & 9 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.

 

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents writer, editor, researcher, educator, photographer, and local historian Gary Leveille sharing anecdotes from his book "Legendary Locals of the Southern Berkshires” • 10:45 am • Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield, MA • more info at 413-442-4360 x10

 

Northshire (Saratoga store) • Yaddo presents three-time National Book Award Finalist Gail Godwin with “Grief Cottage” • 7:30 pm • www.northshire.com

 



 

Tuesday
6

 

THEATER

 


Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” (runs Tues-Sun, May 18-June 10) • 7:30 pm

 

FILM


Images • film “The Lovers” (runs through June 8) — a funny look at love, fidelity, and family • today’s times, 4:30 & 9 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

Images • film “Obit.” (runs through June 8) — an inside look at the New York Times’ obituary section and how the focus of the writers is less on the circumstances of a person’s death than it is on that person’s life • today’s times, 7 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.

 

Chapman • Talk & Book Signing by Elna Senecal Butterfield, Author of “Life Was Like That” about her growing-up years in rural Vermont • 7 pm • at the museum • free • info at 518-793-2826 or www.chapmanmuseum.org

 

Hudson Falls Free Library • Genealogy Group: Open session for family history and genealogy researchers to compare notes and get suggestions on how to research your ancestors • 3:00-5:30 pm • Call 518-747-6406 for more information

 

Ventfort Hall • Summer Tea & Talk Series every Tuesday from June 6 to Sept. 5. Today’s talk: Retail and restaurant historian Jan Whitaker showcases “Opulent Emporiums: “The Gilded Age of Department Stores,” recreating the ultimate shopping experience that began in Paris in the 1850s and spread world-wide thanks to the Industrial Revolution, a new middle class and the elevator. Sumptuous Victorian tea follows the talk • 4 pm • $26/$32 • info or reservations at 413-637-3206 • more info at gildedage.org

 

7

 

MUSIC


Caffè Lena • Poetry Open Mic with Featured Reader Alifair Skebe • sign-up from 7 to 7:25 pm; readings start at 7:30 • tickets ($5) at door • www.caffelena.org

 

Concert at Windsor Lake • weekly (Wed.) event combining great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic and bring a chair or blanket. Today’s concert, Misty Blues • 6:30 pm • at Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets), North Adams, MA • explorenorthadams.com/item/
concerts-at-windsor-lake

 

DANCE

 

Skidmore • Dancer Stephen Petronio reads from his 2014 memoir “Confessions of a Motion Addict” • 7 pm • Dance Theater • more info at 518-580-5596


THEATER


Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” (runs Tues-Sun, May 18-June 10) • 7:30 pm

 

 

FILM


Images • film “The Lovers” (runs through June 8) — a funny look at love, fidelity, and family • today’s time, 7 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

Images • film “Obit.” (runs through June 8) — an inside look at the New York Times’ obituary section and how the focus of the writers is less on the circumstances of a person’s death than it is on that person’s life • today’s times, 4:30 & 9 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.


Presentation about Geothermal Energy for homes, businesses and municipalities. Guest speaker, John Ciovacco, is the founder and president of Aztech Geothermal. Event is co-hosted by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, a local grassroots organization • 6:30 pm • at First United Methodist Church at 1 Gilligan Road East Greenbush, NY •
www.stopnypipeline.org

 

Northshire (Saratoga store) • award-winning bestselling picture book author & illustrator Stephen Savage presents “Little Plane Learns to Write” • 4:30 pm • www.northshire.com

 

Skidmore • reading by novelist Anna Quindlen who presents “Miller’s Valley” in conversation with Isaac Pulver, director of the Saratoga Springs Public Library • 7 pm • Gannett Auditorium • For tickets and information go to www.northshire.com/event/saratoga

 




 

Thursday
8

 

MUSIC

 


Caffè Lena • Alan Epstein CD Release Concert — celebrating “Sunset on Meriden Hill,” an instrumental album featuring Alan on mandolin accompanied by Jim Prendergast on guitar • 7 pm • $15/$12 or $7.50 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Helsinki Hudson •
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonathan Scales , • 8 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets ($15) at helsinkihudson.com

 

Music from Salem • Cello seminar participants perform Bach (solo works plus selections from Art of the Fugue), Domenico Gabrielli, and the recently uncovered solo Fantasias of Telemann • 4 pm • at New Skete Monastery Chapel, 273 New Skete Lane, Cambridge • Admission: free!!

 

DANCE

 

Skidmore • Dance Residency: Lecture-demonstration by Petronio Dance Company • 7 pm • Dance Theater • more info at 518-580-5596

 

THEATER


Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” (runs Tues-Sun, May 18-June 10) • 7:30 pm


Mac-Hadyn • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (June 8-18) • 2 & 8 pm

 

FILM


Images • film “The Lovers” (runs through June 8) — a funny look at love, fidelity, and family • today’s times, 4:30 & 9 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

Images • film “Obit.” (runs through June 8) — an inside look at the New York Times’ obituary section and how the focus of the writers is less on the circumstances of a person’s death than it is on that person’s life • today’s times, 7 pm • www.www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.


Pork dinner and a sale table with food items and crafts • Serving starts at 4:30 pm • at North Granville Methodist Church, 10344 State Route 22 • $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-10 and free for under 4 • more info from Roberta at 518-812-4001

 

Skidmore • Storytellers’ Institute Festosium (runs June 8-11). This combination of festival and symposium, for a small group of scholars and artists, includes public events • 10 am-9 pm • Tang Museum • more info and schedule at 518-580-5274 or mdocs.skidmore.edu/storytellers
/festosium/schedule/

 

9

 

MUSIC


Caffè Lena • Jeremy Wallace Trio: “Wallace’s gritty folk-rock-blues is edgy, dangerous, and very exciting” • 8 pm • $20/$18 or $10 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Guthrie Center • 2017 Troubadour Series: today, John Gorka with special guest Amilia K. Spicer • 8 pm (doors 6 pm) • at the Guthrie Center, Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington • tickets $20/$25 • more info at www.guthriecenter.org

 

Meetinghouse concert • Duo Eamon, performing tunes for fiddle and guitar in the instrumental dance tradition of Ireland, New England & Québec • 8 pm • Unitarian-Universalist Meetinghouse Cafe, 108 School St., Bennington • $15 • info at 802-440-9816 or www.uubennington.org

 

New Lebanon Library • performance by local acoustic folk trio The Echoes, which has a blend of harmonies and acoustic instruments that give them a unique and uplifting sound • 6:30 pm • at the library, 550 State Route 20 • more info at 518-794-8844

 

THEATER


Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” (runs Tues-Sun, May 18-June 10) • 7:30 pm


Mac-Hadyn • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (June 8-18) • 8 pm


Shakespeare & Co. • “4000 Miles” (through July 16) • 7:30 pm

 

FILM


Saratoga Film Forum • film “Mr. Gaga” (runs June 9-12) about an Israeli dancer and choreographer with a unique, contemporary style. “Mr Gaga” is thrilling, moving, original and hard to describe! • 7:30 pm • at the Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs • info at 518-854-FILM or www.saratogafilmforum.org


SaratogaArtsFest presents ArtFest Friday: today’s theme “Beauty & the Beasts.” ArtsFes is a free, family-friendly arts extravaganza. Beauty & the Beasts features Opera Saratoga, performing selections from its new production of the classic opera, Beauty & the Beasts; a curated “Animals in Art” fine arts exhibit; opportity to make your own Venetian mask and fan; chamber music performances; petting zoo; and pony rides • 6-8 pm • in The Victoria Pool House at Saratoga Spa State Park • Find out more at SaratogaArtsFest.org.

 

Skidmore • Storytellers’ Institute Festosium (runs June 8-11). This combination of festival and symposium, for a small group of scholars and artists, includes public events • 10 am-9 pm • Tang Museum • more info a=nd schedule at 518-580-5274 or mdocs.skidmore.edu/storytellers
/festosium/schedule/

 

Tamarack Hollow • Full “Strawberry” Moon Tree/Plant ID Hike, Notchview Reservation • 7-9 pm • register aimee@gaiaroots.com $5 Trustees members; $10 non-members. tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

 

 

10

 

MUSIC


Barrington Stage • Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should...
• 8 pm • Mainstage, 30 Union St, Pittsfield, MA • tickets ($30$40) at www.barringtonstageco.org or 413-236-8888

 

(Music at) Bennington Farmers’ Market • today’s performer, Cosby Gibson • 10 am-1 pm • at the scenic river walk park along the Walloomsac


Berkshire Music Scwhool • Music Sharing. A concert of musical sharings by students participating in the BCArc-BMS collaborative program • 2 pm • Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. • free • more info at 413-442-1411 or berkshiremusicschool.org

 

Berkshire Theatre Group • U.S. Stones Benefit Concert for United Cerebral Palsy. A fun-filled night of classic rock from an "American Rolling Stones Tribute Band” to benefit a great cause! • 7:30 pm • at The Colonial • tickets ($48.50/$38.50/$28.50) and more info at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org or 413- 997-4444

 

Caffè Lena • Bovine Social Club, bluegrassy sound • 8 pm • $18/$16 or $9 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Close Encounters With Music presents “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.” Clara Schumann, Fannie Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Ethel Smythe, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach and more — women composers come out of the shadows and show themselves as forces in the annals of classical music • 6 pm • Mahaiwe • $30-$50 • info at www.mahaiwe.org

 

Guthrie Center • 2017 Troubadour Series: today, Cole Quest & The City Pickers • 8 pm (doors 6 pm) • at the Guthrie Center, Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington • tickets $15/$20 • more info at www.guthriecenter.org

 

Helsinki Hudson • concert by guitarist Steve Kimock who has been part of the thriving psychedelic music scene based in San Francisco since the 1970s, where his fans included Jerry Garcia and other members of the Dead • 9 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets ($28/$35) at helsinkihudson.com

 

Music from Salem • Cello seminar participants perform Julius Eastman’s Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc (for ten celli), coupled with the 1928 Dreyer silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (with French actress Falconetti) • after sundown • at Salem Arts Works, 19 Cary Rd., Salem, NY • Admission: free!!

 

Spencertown Academy Arts Center • Teresa Broadwell, jazz vocalist, violinist, bandleader, and arranger, brings her jazz sextet to the Arts Center for an evening devoted to the music of Nat King Cole • 7 pm • General admission tickets ($20 or $10 for students) may be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org and are available at the door.

 

 

DANCE

 

Hubbard Hall • Year-End Dance Showcase: Can’t Stop the Feeling – Keep Dancing! See everything the dancers have learned over the course of a year! Final dance recital of the season for all dance classes at Hubbard Hall! • 4 pm, Showcase of the Youngest Performers; 7 pm, Gala Dance Performance • at Hoosick Falls Auditorium • Tickets: $10 General Admission /$5 student (11 and up) /$2 youth (6-10 years) /ages 5 and under FREE • more info at www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495

 

THEATER


Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” (runs Tues-Sun, May 18-June 10) • 3 & 7:30 pm


Mac-Hadyn • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (June 8-18) • 4 & 8 pm


Shakespeare & Co. • “4000 Miles” (through July 16) • 7:30 pm

 

FILM

 

Saratoga Film Forum • film “Mr. Gaga” (runs June 9-12) about an Israeli dancer and choreographer with a unique, contemporary style. “Mr Gaga” is thrilling, moving, original and hard to describe! • 7:30 pm • at the Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs • info at 518-854-FILM or www.saratogafilmforum.org

 

MISC.

 

Northshire (Manchester store) • Holly Fitzgerald presents “Ruthless River” about how she and her new husband survived the crashing of their airplane in the Peruvian jungle • 7 pm • www.northshire.com

 

Ballston Spa Village Wide Garage Sale Weekend (June 10 & 11) • details and listing of locations at ballston.org

 

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center host an Opening Reception today for their Annual Members’ Exhibition which runs until July 9. Today’s reception has refreshments and live music by Rick Redington • 5-7 pm • at the Gallery, 636 Marble Street in West Rutland • more info at 802-438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org

 

Columbia County Historical Society invites you to “First Columbians 2017 Honoring Our Rural Properties” — hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, live music by Stone Soup trio, cocktails indoors and outdoors with new exhibitions • 6:30-10:30 pm • on the lawn of the Van Alen House & Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse​​, 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook • tickets ($225) at www.cchsny.org

 

Hyde Collection • Community Day to mark the opening of the newly constructed Feibes & Schmitt Gallery • noon-7 pm • free

 

Kinderhook Library • Annual June Book Sale (also on 6/11) offering a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books carefully selected and sorted for easy browsing • today’s times, 9 am-3 pm • at the McNary Center on Sylvester Street just steps away from the Library • info at www.kinderhooklibrary.org

 

(4th Annual) Lenox Rhubarb Festival •
Sweet and savory rhubarb creations from local bakers are for sale — pies, cupcakes, cookies, sauce, jams, preserves, juice, soda, ice cream and sorbet. Also rhubarb plants, fresh rhubarb and rhubarb recipe booklets. Rhubarb pancake breakfast (at 55 Main St,), rhubarb chili • 10 am-3 pm (rain or shine) • 18 Main St, Lenox, MA • info@lenoxrhubarbfestival.com

 

McCartee’s Barn • Hypertufa (artificial stone) Adventures benefitting the Shushan Heat Fund. Register in advance ($45) • 10 to 4 pm • 23C East Broadway, Salem, NY • 518-854-3857

 

See native grassland birds • Join Friends of the IBA (FIBA) Director Laurie LaFond and avid birder Rich Speidel for live encounters with native grassland birds. You’ll visit FIBA’s Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area, NYSDEC’s Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and other sites. Likely sightings include Northern harriers, American kestrels, E. meadowlarks, Bobolinks, E. bluebirds, Savannah sparrows, Red-tailed hawks and dozens more • 7:30 am • Call Rich at 518-623-2587 to register • Visit www.ibafriends.org for details

 

Native pollinators such as Bumblebees, Mason and Leaf-cutter bees are critical for pollination of many food crops and are endangered by habitat loss, herbicide and pesticide use, and other environmental factors. Join Russell Wilson of Bees Across Massachusetts to learn how you can help these pollinators by providing nesting sites • 1-3 pm • at Sheep Hill, located on Route 7, approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary • Contact beesacrossmassachusetts@gmail.com for additional info

Pember Library • Forest Forensics: Come to the preserve for a guided walk that raises questions about why things in nature are the way they are! The group looks at the various ecosystems, trees, and wonder how long they’ve been there and how they’ve developed overtime. This program is open to all ages! • 10 am-noon • Meet at the Porter Schoolhouse 6937 NY 22 Granville (Hebron) NY • info at 518-642-1515

 

Seniors! Today is the last day to sign up for lunch at the annual picnic for individuals age 60+ which happens July 14 from 10 am-2 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center • contact Mindy Dudley at mindy.dudley@dfa.state.ny.us or 518-746-2565

 

Skidmore • Storytellers’ Institute Festosium (runs June 8-11). This combination of festival and symposium, for a small group of scholars and artists, includes public events • 10 am-9 pm • Tang Museum • more info and schedule at 518-580-5274 or mdocs.skidmore.edu/storytellers
/festosium/schedule/

 

(4th Annual) Welsh Heritage Evening
Prayer Service • St. John’s Episcopal Church will reopen in June as a summer chapel with Service of Evening Prayer. Three services are planned which will be led by local Episcopal clergy and the rich notes of the original 1860’s William Nutting hand-pumped organ will accompany hymns. Light refreshments will be available after worship in the garden, weather permitting. All are welcome • 4 pm • St. John’s Church on Route 140 in East Poultney.